Born in Texas, Bill grew up in the hey-day of Western stars like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. As a child, playing in the plains of the Panhandle, he expected to find old guns or saddles of dead outlaws behind every Sagebrush. He didn’t, instead he found a love of the Western way of life.
A tour of military duty in Korea and Japan, exposed him to the beauty of wood in architecture and sculpture. Beautifully carved sculpture and doors were elaborate elements of the buildings. Here he found a love of wood and sculpture and was impressed by the many beautiful uses.
A twenty year career as a General Building and Engineering Contractor further enhanced his love of wood and architecture. Then, a chance encounter with a beautiful wood carving led to carving as a hobby. This opened his eyes and the light went on, so to speak. Always interested in art, this new hobby seemed to combine every aspect of his life’s influences; Western Art, Sculpture, and Wood.
Now, after more than twenty years as a wood sculptor, this love has turned to a relentless passion. Bill’s goal is to create wood sculpture that showcases the beauty of wood and tells our Western Americana story. This unique conceptual blend has resulted in twenty-four Best Of Show Awards, four People’s Choice Awards, and countless first place Blue Ribbons. And, participation in such prestigious art shows as the Masters Of The American West at the Autry Museum. From Gene Autry in parades to the Gene Autry Museum.
Art studies includes High School and College, classes by professional artists at the Scottsdale Artist’s School in AZ, field trips in Korea and Japan, and various correspondence classes. However, Bill is basically self-taught in the art of wood carving. With respect to the care and preservation of wood, Smithsonian Museum Research discovered why some wood antiquities have been preserved for thousands of years. Bill has incorporated this information into all of his work.